FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 20160617
CITY CLERK TO VERIFY SIGNATURES ON INITIATIVE PETITION
REGULATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES
Long Beach (June 17, 2016) — Long Beach City Clerk Maria de la Luz Garcia announced today that the 35,009 raw number count of signatures submitted on June 1, 2016 by proponents relative to the Regulation of Medical Marijuana Businesses is sufficient in number to accept the petition for filing and proceed to the next step which will be to examine and verify the signatures for validity.
Pursuant to CA State Elections Code Section 9207, the proponents were permitted to begin circulating their petition on March 11, 2016 after publication or posting of the title and summary prepared by the City Attorney in order to collect a minimum of 24,909* valid signatures from registered voters of the City of Long Beach. Proponents had a 180 day window to file their petition with the Office of the City Clerk.
Pursuant to the California State Elections Code 9115, starting June 17, 2016, the City Clerk will use a random sampling technique which includes the examination of at least three percent of the signatures. The City Clerk must conclude the random sampling procedure no later than July 29, 2016. If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is less than 95% of the number needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk will certify the petition as insufficient. If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is more than 110% of the number needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk will certify the petition as sufficient. If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is within 95 to 110% of the number needed to declare the petition sufficient, the City Clerk will, within 60 days from the date of the filing of the petition (June 17, 2016), examine and verify each signature filed.
If the results of the signature verification are conclusive and the signatures achieve sufficiency, the City Clerk will prepare and send a Certification of Sufficiency report to the City Council. California State Elections Code Section 9215 provides that the City Council must take one of the following actions within 10 days of the Clerk’s transmittal of the Certification of Sufficiency to the City Council:
(a) Adopt the proposed ordinance, without alteration;
(b) Submit the ordinance, without alteration, to the voters; or
(c) Order a report at the meeting at which the certification of the petition is presented. When the report is presented to the legislative body, the legislative body shall either adopt the ordinance within 10 days or order an election.